Update: Police make arrest in Steuben County hit-and-run of 2 children

Suspect arrested in hit-and-run
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Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 6:15 PM EDT
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ANGOLA, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, police have arrested a woman they believe is connected to a hit-and-run from over the weekend that injured two children.

Authorities have identified 45-year-old Hope Richmond of Montpelier, Ohio as the suspect in this case. Richmond’s vehicle was recognized as a vehicle possibly involved and was reported to the Sheriff’s Office by a good citizen of Steuben County.

Police followed up on the tip and located Richmond and the vehicle involved in the incident.

Richmond was booked into the Steuben County Jail on one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a level 4 felony and one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, a level 6 felony.

Two young teens hurt after hit-and-run in Steuben County
Two young teens hurt after hit-and-run in Steuben County(Steuben County Sheriff's Office)

According to a release shared on the department’s Facebook page, deputies are investigating a crash that happened on 1500 West CR 275 North in Pleasant Township. Deputies say it happened Saturday just before 9 p.m. after they got calls about a crash involving two pedestrians.

Deputies say they found two children with significant injuries near the roadway. A 12-year-old was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and a 13-year-old was airlifted to Fort Wayne in grave condition for treatment.

The area where the children were hit does not have any sidewalks. We asked Meeks if things like this happen there often and he said no. He says people need to be careful when driving on that stretch of road.

“I would just suggest that people driving slow down, take the curves at a safe speed so that they can maintain their lane and then if people are walking in that area, try to walk as far away from the lane of travel as possible,” Meeks said.